Our Culture is Our Resistance: Repression, Refuge, and Healing in Guatemala
On view: March 2 – 31, 2006
For the past ten years, Jonathan Moller has photographed communities uprooted by war in Guatemala. The result is Our Culture Is Our Resistance, a collection of portraits taken during that decade, revealing stories of life and death, of hope and despair, and of struggles for survival, respect, and truth. The beauty and strength of Moller’s photographs and the accompanying texts not only document and preserve the faces and events associated with this land and its history, but also display for the viewer the humanity and dignity of these largely Mayan indigenous peoples.
Jonathan Moller studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University in 1990. His photographs have been widely exhibited, and are in the permanent collections of numerous museums and institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the University of California Berkeley Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the George Eastman House, Rochester, the International Polaroid Corporation, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, and the Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba. Moller’s work has been featured in LIFE: 2001 Album, The Year in Pictures, The Photo Review, and DoubleTake. He was awarded the 2001 Henry Dunant Prize for Excellence in Journalism by the International Red Cross for best photo reportage in Central America and the Caribbean, the 2002 Fellowship Award from the Society for Contemporary Photography, the 2003 Golden Light Award from the Maine Photographic Workshops, and a 2003 Vision Award from the Santa Fe Center for Photography